birdhouseHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/15/14) — Baptist Health has partnered with the Hopkins County Literacy Celebration Committee to bring the 17th birdhouse library to the area.

"The birdhouse library project was designed to make an impact on the availability of books for the people of Hopkins County. This impact, we hope, will be to encourage reading and therefore improve the reading skills of all age levels", said Committee Chairperson Peggy Stirsman.

The books in the libraries are free to children and adults, with the idea being to leave a book and take a book. The project has many friends that help with placing books into the birdhouses when the books run low.

Hopkins County gifted and talented students, led by teacher Lindsay Arnett, have collected many books to help keep the libraries filled.

Baptist Health Madisonville President Mike Baumgartner strongly believes in the mission of the project and has seen first-hand the impact that a love of reading can have. "Reading is an activity that is beneficial for everyone, no matter their age or skill level. It keeps the mind young and active. We are proud to participate in this program."

The Baptist Health birdhouse library was built by Ken Buskov and painted by local artist, Barbie Hunt, incorporating the Baptist Health logo in a fun way.

The library is located in the Theraplay waiting area on the ground floor of the Clinic Tower building.

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